Best 7 string gauge for Drop A for my S7420FM?

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  1. Metalus

    Metalus JP BFR Whore

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    I play in AEADGBE and was wondering what would be a good gauge for the 7th string (Im looking for the usual things. Tightness, clarity, nice good resistance)

    I heard Alex from Whitechapel uses a .70 but my bitchy little fingers wouldnt be able to handle that :lol:. I currently have a .59 but ive become very dissatisfied with it. .65 maybe? Im assuming i should buy a bass string in this size that corresponds to whatever string set i buy. Thanks in advance for everyone's help :D
     
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    I have 10-46 and a 66 on my 7321, same tuning. :) Seems perfect for me, tried a few gauges lower than this until I found this one which I like :hbang:Don't buy a bass string, as they are different than guitar strings in ways other than size..Don't know more about that but it's what I've heard. UNLESS your using Elixir nanowebs which are the same. I use D'addarios and their guitar strings go up to 80 or something.
     
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    Sweet. Could i get a link to the .66 string set?
     
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    You wont find these strings in a set usually. 7 string sets tend to be several gauges floppy on the low string, even in standard tuning. You'll need to get them individually, but it's not problem. Especially where you live you can order rarer gauges straight from their site. Here's what I use;
    The 6 set
    DAddarioFretted Strings » Electric Strings » XL Nickel Round Wound » EXL110 Regular Light 10-46

    And the 66
    DAddarioFretted Strings » Electric Strings » All Electric String Singles » XL Nickel Wound Singles
     
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    I use a .68 elixir for drop A and it's perfect tension. :)

    That being said, I recommend you check out Elixirs if you haven't.
     
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    I also tune to Drop A. Ive found that with a normal scale (25.5 or so) 64-68 would work well. On an extended scale like a 27in then 60-64 would work.

    I would buy a few individual strings of different gauge and try them out. It depends on how you pick and the action of your guitar.
     
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    I would never use anything above a .060 for A personally. I've tried every gauge imaginable and have always found that the heavier you go the more mellow, round, and murky the tone becomes. Lighter gauges always sound tighter, crisper, clearer, and more aggressive by comparison. I also find things can sound bland when the tension is too high, as vibration is a key to tone IMO - within reason of course.

    Since string vibration is relative to how hard you're picking, you can just adjust your technique slightly to become more efficient without having the strings be too floppy. That way you don't need to bash the hell out of the strings to get that huge attack.

    I know I sound like a broken record here, but I can't help it since I always see the "heavier the gauge the better" stuff thrown out there and my experience says the exact opposite. Whenever I'm working on a guitar that sounds dull or muddy, often simply going to a lighter gauge alleviates the problem.

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    Thanks a bunch man. Imma look into ordering them soon.

    Ive always heard good things about Elixirs. Ill look into them.

    I pick very light. I only pick hard when i do rhythms. Even so i consider myself a pretty light picker. Ill probably try a .60, .62 or .64

    The .59 right now just feels so loose that its bothering me. Imma try .60, .62 and .64 and see which one works better.

    Thanks for the responses everybody :yesway:
     
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    What scale is your guitar? Assuming it's the S7 you're talking about, I'd imagine it's a 25.5" (I don't know Ibbys that well, maybe I'm wrong?) so perhaps a 60-62 would be in your range. I found I like running 11-58 sets on my 26.5" Schecter, they aren't floppy in drop A, or at least I don't think so, and for a standard scale, I don't think you'd ever need to get up to a .70 unless you wanted it to be really smooth. Alex Wade is actually here on SS somewhere, and I'm 99% sure he and the other two guitarists from Whitechapel do in fact run .70s. I don't know how their tone is so tight.
     
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    Its 25.5". Im definitely gonna try a .60 or .62. I have a .59 right now so i might as well go with the 62 to really notice the difference. Another reason I dont wanna go up to .70 is because my little bitchy fingers wouldnt be able to handle it :lol:

    As far as Whitechapel goes, tell me about it. No idea how their tone is so tight :scratch:.
     
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    Do you use a .046 for the 6th string 'D'? If you like how that feels, a .062 would have the exact same amount of tension.
     
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    Yeah i have a .46 on the 6th string but i have it tuned to E. Should i still go for a .62?
     
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    I use a 9-42 Elixer set with a 56 for the A, but that's lighter than what you use soo :lol:
     
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    Oh man if i dont like the .59 I probably wouldnt like a .56 either :lol:
     
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    If you do not like a 59 then I wouldnt bother with a 60. Id say grab one 62 and a 64 and go from there.
     
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    :yesway::)
     
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    Oh right, yeah you'd probably want to go for a .064 or .066 then, if you want to match the tension to your E. However I sometimes prefer a lower tension 7th string, it has its benefits to me.
     
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    Awesome. Thanks dude :yesway:
     
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    makes it easier to djent...
     

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